September 30, 2015 - Report: Kitzhaber & Environment misdeeds

State Senator Doug Whitsett, Our previous article warned of the expectation for crony capitalism in President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” We noted his scheme was planned behind closed doors and beyond public scrutiny. We explained it was implemented through executive administrative fiat, and was designed with the specific purpose of causing […]

September 28, 2015 - Sage grouse not listed. New problems.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the greater sage grouse is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act, a victory for western rangelands and livestock producers. Unfortunately, in conjunction with this decision, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service announced that their restrictive […]

September 25, 2015 - Senate OKs Grain Act & Biotech pressed during China-Obama visit

By National Association of Wheat Growers Senate Approves Grain Standards Act Legislation On Monday, the Senate passed H.R. 2051, the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015, by unanimous consent. The legislation includes three titles, including a reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act through 2020. This action follows Senate Agriculture Committee approval […]

September 23, 2015 - Schrader: Hemp pilot project

Congressman Kurt Schrader Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici asked the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Oregon State University (OSU) to implement an industrial hemp pilot project in time for next year’s growing season, in a recent […]

September 21, 2015 - Oregon top 10 in organic farming

  Oregon among US leaders in organic agriculture By Oregon Agriculture Dept. Oregon’s reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in organic agriculture is backed up by new statistics that show continued growth in organic farm production and sales. Coincidentally, September is National Organic Harvest Month and the new figures […]

September 18, 2015 - House panel passes 50% bonus depreciation bill

By American Farm Bureau Federation The House Ways and Means Committee passed legislation (H.R. 2510) that would make 50 percent bonus depreciation permanent and expand it to include fruit- and nut-bearing plants that have a pre-productive period of two years or more. Because farming requires large investments in machinery, equipment […]

September 16, 2015 - Oregon turns its back on rancher’s on WOTUS

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association On the 28 of August, Oregon, along with New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia, joined together in a motion to intervene in the Sixth Circuit on behalf of EPA. Oregon’s involvement in the motion creates cause for Oregon cattlemen to […]

September 14, 2015 - OSU beer breakthrough?

By Oregon State University Extension A versatile new barley variety just released by Oregon State University could lend subtle malt flavors to Northwest craft brews and also give consumers more choice in fiber-rich barley foods. A second new OSU variety looks like a good choice for high-quality forage production in […]

September 11, 2015 - Farmers blamed for butterfly decline

By American Farm Bureau Federation By Robert Giblin Monarch butterflies are known for their beauty and considered a national treasure. Although Monarch populations have been declining, farmers can help to play an important role in writing the plan not only to preserve them, but to increase their population. The Monarch […]

September 9, 2015 - Sen. Whitsett: Wildfires burn 8 million acres

State Senator Doug Whitsett, The scope of the mismanagement of our more than 300 million acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal lands was once again made evident by the smoke-filled August skies. Our timber and rangeland resources have been incinerated by multiple, enormous […]